MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Training has already begun for Marquette Senior High School football players, but they won't be playing on their home field this season.
The grass field is getting replaced by turf. Officials say the current football field is difficult to maintain, and autumn rain often leaves large patches without grass. They'll start installing the new turf field sometime this week.
"It will mean it's going to be playable no matter what, pretty much all the time, come rain or shine," said John Kurkowski, Marquette Area Public Schools auxiliary services director. "Our season is from September, and in October, we have lots of rain. It can get pretty torn up, and that's not going to happen anymore with the turf surface."
The nearly $600,000 project will take around 40 days to complete, depending on the weather. Until it's done, the football team will play in the Superior Dome. If construction finishes on time, they will be able to play the season's last few games on the new field.